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Brothers play for Nebraska unified soccer team

July 20, 2010

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Teammates and brothers, Marcos and Humberto Tapia, play for fun and for each other on the Nebraska unified soccer team.



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Soccer brings smiles

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Rhode Island Unified Soccer Team members shake hands with the South Carolina team after the game on July 20, 2010, at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.

“Today I believe our team came out and did their best. They left everything on the field,” said head coach Katie Gomes. The team is from the smallest city in the smallest state: Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Fans stand up and cheer during the unified soccer match between Rhode Island and South Carolina.

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Timothy Knutson (No. 34) celebrates his goal for the Montana soccer team in a game against Utah.

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Rhode Island soccer head coach Katie Gomes (center) and the rest of the team huddle before playing South Carolina.

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Kandi Christophersen (No. 35) hugs her cousin after a game on July 19, 2010. Her parents, Roy and Sandy Kessler (seated right), are here in Lincoln. Kandi will be celebrating her third wedding anniversary on Wednesday with her husband and soccer teammate Bill Christophersen.

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South Carolina soccer team overcomes obstacles

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Photo by Micah Rhodes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

(Above) Goalie Dominique Dotson of Team South Carolina watches on during a soccer match against Team Nebraska. Dotson and his Special Olympics teammates are deaf, and must use sign language and other special signals to communicate on the field.

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South Carolina Assistant Coach Beth Goodenough congratulates her Special Olympics athletes following one of their soccer matches. Goodenough bridges the communication gap between her athletes and the officials, doing a majority of the sign language translation.



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Athletes with hearing impairment strive for soccer gold

July 19, 2010

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A South Carolina soccer team with athletes containing hearing impairment are competing this week in the 2010 Special Olympic USA National games



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Soccer kicks off

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The unified soccer division began Monday morning with a match between North Dakota and Arizona at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 19, 2010. Every soccer team will be evaluated during the first day’s games to determine the level of play and schedule.

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A North Dakota soccer player waits to kick the ball while warming up before the first game.

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A referee checks the cleats of the Arizona unified soccer team before the match against North Dakota.

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Members of the Florida unified soccer team take a break before their game against Oregon.

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Soccer teams take to the fields for practice

July 18, 2010

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The Florida unified soccer team practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on Sunday, July 18, 2010.
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After a Sunday morning soccer practice, the Florida unified team shares some popcorn at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.
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Rain at Abbott

Despite early rain, soccer teams were able to practice at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
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Lanyard with pins

Athletes exchange and wear pins on their lanyards.
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Teams board bus

Athletes from Wyoming board a bus after Sunday practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
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Soccer to be played at Abbott

July 16, 2010

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Volunteer coordinator Troy Pekas and Green Team member Adrienne Lemmer preview the soccer venue at Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex, 7600 N. 70th St., Lincoln, for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.



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Closing ceremonies

July 28, 2010

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Fefe Dobson gets athletes, coaches, officials and fans on their feet at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games closing ceremonies.

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David Steffan performs and gets spectators moving at the closing ceremonies.

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The Oregon soccer team watches the flag being lowered as the USA National Games come to an end.

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First Lady of Nebraska, Sally Ganem, addresses the crowd along with members of Project UNIFY.

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LaShell Griffin performs as the crowd dances with red glow sticks.

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One for Oregon

July 24, 2010

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Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

On Friday, one unified soccer team made a goal that sent the players, coaches and fans into pure elation. The goal didn’t win a gold medal. It didn’t even win the game.

Yet for one team from Sutherland, Ore., this goal was just as sweet. The team had not scored a goal throughout the entire regional, state and national competition.

In the team’s fifth game at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games, one ball changed everything. In the first half between Oregon and South Carolina, Brittany Thompson received a pass from her teammate.

She dribbled toward the goal. Past the last defender. And shot.

The ball zipped by the goalie into the yellow net.

Hands rose into the air. High fives erupted everywhere. Players, coaches, fans, even volunteers cheered. While most of the action was on the championship fields, Oregon was on the top of the world at field six.

Now, they could celebrate more than new friends, top-notch competition and state recognition. They could finally say they scored a goal.

“Even though we didn’t win, we got that goal. And every game was close,” said head coach Matt Parrish. “We always had the chance to win.”

“That was the monkey off our back,” said assistant coach Jill Fummerton.

“That makes it fun,” Parrish said. And in the end, it made this game one that Oregon fans will remember for a lifetime.



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Kickin’ Finals

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Marcos Tapia (#7), Jose Uribe (center, #1) and James Vanderbrink (#8) head to the podium to collect the gold medal for Team Nebraska in unified soccer at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 23, 2010. Nebraska defeated Oklahoma in extra time, 5-3.

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Arkansas coaches celebrate their win over Texas on July 23, 2010.

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Team Oregon rallies around Brittany Thompson (center) after she scored the team’s first goal at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games on July 23, 2010.

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Team Oregon creates a tunnel for Team South Carolina after their game on July 23, 2010.

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Edson R. Irineo (#4) dribbles past a Team Oklahoma defender in unified soccer. Nebraska won the game to take the gold medal.

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Intense heat and humidity cuts one player’s celebration short after Team Nebraska defeated Team Oklahoma to win the gold medal match.

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Jose Uribe (left) and Humberto Tapia (#3) fall after colliding with members of Team Oklahoma.

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Edson R. Irineo (#4) reacts to his goal for Team Nebraska Unified Soccer against Oklahoma in the gold medal match.

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